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Why is Firefox communicating with China from the UK?

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Hello there, I'm using a Firefox beta v13) and have had my firewall warn me that Firefox was attempting an outbound communication to IP 117.21.224.232. It's done this before (in prior versions too) and if I deny the connection, Firfox stops working.

I finally did a lookup on the IP and found that it's in China. Why is Firefox doing this and how do I make it stop? I'm rather worried.

Thanks,

Orbis

Additional System Details

This happened

A few times a week

This started when...

Can't remember.

Installed Plug-ins

  • Shockwave Flash 11.2 r202
  • 5.0.61118.0

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:13.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/13.0

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jscher2000
  • Top 10 Contributor
2344 solutions 20791 answers

Helpful Reply

Have you tested in Firefox's Safe Mode to see whether it is caused by a custom setting or add-on?

First, I recommend backing up your Firefox settings in case something goes wrong. See Backing up your information. (You can copy your entire Firefox profile folder somewhere outside of the Mozilla folder.)

Next, restart Firefox in Safe Mode using

Help > Restart with Add-ons Disabled

In the Safe Mode dialog, do not check any boxes, just click "Continue in Safe Mode."

If you still get the connection out, you could also try disabling all update checking (Options > Advanced > Update > "Never check"). Does that make any difference?

Question owner

Thank you for taking the time to reply jscher2000,

I will try your suggestion and post again.

Regards,

Orbis

Gingerbread Man
  • Top 25 Contributor
219 solutions 890 answers

Some sites suggest this is related to malware, e.g.

See the following article.